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Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald's statement on budget address


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker laid out his vision for the 2011-13 state budget Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement:

"From day one, Republicans have promised to focus on jobs, to stop the unchecked growth of government, and to bring real reform to the broken status quo. With this budget, Gov. Walker is proving that we will keep those promises.

This budget contains some deep spending cuts, which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt why we need real reform to collective bargaining benefits in Wisconsin. The status quo is broken, and Republicans have promised since day one that we will work to fix it. We cannot afford to simply flush that problem down to the local levels, or push the problem onto the next generation. There is no short-term solution to a long-term problem.

There is no excuse for standing silent in a system we all know is broken. The bill has come due, and now is the time to pay it.

The eyes of the country are squarely on 14 empty seats in the state Senate, and 1,500 real jobs are hanging in the balance because of the Senate Democrats' media stunt. It's long past time for them to come to work and do their jobs."

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